Rocacorba Daily: Thursday April 18

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Good morning and welcome to today’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily. This morning, we’ve got a handful of overnight race results for you and a whole bunch of other non-racing-related bits and pieces from around the world of cycling. Enjoy!

Daniel Moreno wins La Flèche Wallonne

Team Katusha’s Daniel Moreno has won the second of the Ardennes Classics, La Flèche Wallonne, overnight, making it two years running for the Russian squad who won with Joaquim Rodriguez last year.

Moreno made his decisive move on the final climb of the Mur de Huy, passing reigning World Champion Phillipe Gilbert who had led the charge to chase down Carlos Alberto Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale).

Betancur had attacked with 700m left to climb and looked to have the win sewn up, but Moreno timed his move to perfection. He stuck with Gilbert, Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Sergio Henao (Sky) at the head of affairs then launched with 300m left in the race, leaving all in his wake.

The Spaniard then rode away to overtake Betancur and won the stage by three seconds over Henao and Betancur.

Click here to see full results and a video of the final kilometres of the 2013 La Flèche Wallonne.

Siutsou claims stage 2 of the Giro del Trentino

Kanstantsin Siutsou (Sky) has held off a late charge by Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) to win the second stage of the Giro del Trentino overnight.

Siutsou attacked 9km from the summit of the mountaintop finish at the Vetriolo Terme shortly after a breakaway had been swept up by the peloton. Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF Inox) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar) were able to stay with Siutsou for much of the climb but eventually Siutsou left them behind and crossed the line just four seconds ahead of a charging Santambrogio.

Much of the entertainment on the final climb came from a battle between Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Bradley Wiggins (Sky) with Nibali coming in third just ahead of Wiggins.

By taking 20th place on the stage Maxime Bouet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) moved to the top of the general classification after previous overall leader Josef Cerny (CCC Polsat) cracked on the long haul to the finish. Two stages remain in the Giro del Trentino including the final stage which finishes with the tough Sega Di Ala climb.

Click here to see the results and a video from the final kilometres of the Giro del Trentino stage 2.

Marianne Vos wins fifth La Flèche Wallonne Féminine

Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) has outsprinted Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products – UCK) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies) on the Mur de Huy to take out the 2013 La Fleche Wallonne Feminine — the fifth time Vos has won the race.

Earlier climbs of the Mur had seen the peloton split apart but it was always going to be on the final time up the steep 1.3km rise that the race would be decided.

Vos wound up her sprint with 100m to go and, once again, proved too strong, crossing ahead of Borghini and Moolman, the latter becoming the first South African woman to podium in a World Cup race.

Click here to read more about the 2013 La Flèche Wallonne Féminine.

Vos dominates World Cup leaderboard

Last night’s La Flèche Wallonne Féminine was the fourth women’s World Cup race of the season and so far Marianne Vos has three wins and a sixth place to her name.

Vos sits atop the leaderboard with 249 points, with her compatriot Ellen van Dijk (Specialized-Lululemon) in second (159 points) and Elisa Longo Borghini in third (155 points).

Orica-AIS’s Emma Johannson sits in fourth place (147 points) and the highest-ranked Australian is Tiffany Cromwell (Orica-AIS) who sits in eighth with 42 points.

Click here to see the full rankings in the UCI Women’s World Cup thus far.

Henao delivers Sky’s best Classics result so far

It’s been a rather luckless Spring Classics campaign for Team Sky thus far with Mathew Hayman’s third place in the semi-classic Dwars door Vlaanderen being the squad’s best result.

But last night, Colombian rider Sergio Henao went one better than Hayman, attacking on the Mur de Huy and only missing the top step of the podium by three seconds.

Henao is in good form coming off a stage win and third place overall at last week’s Tour of the Basque Country and sixth place in last weekend’s Amstel Gold Race.

Click here to read more on Cycling Weekly.

Australian squad announced for Tour of Qinghai Lake

Through a special project to be funded and supervised by the Australian Institute of Sport, Cycling Australia is pleased to be able to enter a National Team for the challenging Tour of Qinghai Lake (China) to be held from July 7 to July 20.

Selections were finalised for seven riders after an expression of interest was communicated through Institutes, the National Road Series and Continental teams to be part of this project – which also includes a fully funded residential camp at the AIS in Canberra before the tour.

The seven riders are:

1. Neil Van Der Ploeg – (VIC) Search2Retain
2. Shaun McCarthy – (VIC) Team Budget Forklifts
3. Joshua Prete – (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts
4. Jonathan Lovelock – (VIC) Huon Salmon Genesys Wealth Advisers
5. Stuart Smith – (VIC) Search2Retain
6. Cameron Bayly – (SA) Search2Retain
7. Matthew Clark – (VIC) Charter Mason Drapac Development Team

Image: Daniel Carruthers

Congratulations to the seven riders selected! To learn more about the Tour of Qinghai Lake, check out this terrific blog post written by Jono Lovelock during the 2010 tour. Click here to read the original announcement on the Cycling Australia website.

Full training schedule on less than 50g of carbs a day?

If you’ve experienced the delirium and sheer exhaustion that accompanies a good old fashioned hunger flat you’d wonder why anyone would purposely aim to try and maintain a full training schedule on less the 50g of carbohydrate a day. Is that even possible?

Well, have a read of Dave’s experiences over at “My Bloody Bike Blog”. We think he’s bloody insane but these days the terms “low carb”, “fat oxidation” and “increased efficiency” get thrown around so often that we think it’s worth having a look at someone who is really pushing the boundaries!

Click here to read the blog post.

Cannondale releases new Synapse

Cannondale has just launched its new 2014 Synapse which features so-called “Synapse Endurance Race Geometry” (S.E.R.G.). The technology was first used in Strade Bianche by Moreno Moser who won the race.

The Synapse Hi-Mod frame is slightly heavier than the Super Six EVO (950g vs. 720g), but it is considerably lighter than most other entries in the endurance road bike category. We’ll spare you all the marketing jargon, but you can read more on Velonews by Leonard Zinn and on the Cannondale website.

Ever had a gun pulled on you while riding?

If you’ve done any decent amount of cycling in the past, chances are you’ve had a motorist abuse you at some point. And while the road can be a scary and sometimes dangerous place for cyclists, we should all be thankful that, here in Australia at least, getting a gun pulled on you while riding is extremely unlikely.

Check out this compelling (and scary) blog post by Andy Rutledge in which one motorist gets particularly fired up and decides to pull out his weapon.

Soigneur: the man who cares

This is one of those films that you get to the end of and think “oh, is it finished already?”. It tells a very simple story but does so beautifully. Enjoy.

The Man Who Cares from Soigneur on Vimeo.

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